By Lawrence Olaoye
Senator Kabiru Gaya has said that the Senate would investigate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for shifting the Presidential and National Assembly and Governorship and State Assembly election by one week apiece.
He gave the assurance that the probe will take place immediately the Senate resumes after the Governorship and State Assembly elections.
Responding to questions from State House Correspondents after he led a powerful delegation to the President at Aso Rock to congratulate him on his re-election in the just concluded presidential election at the weekend, the lawmaker who got re-elected for the fourth term from Kano state also assured that the ninth Assembly would work closely with the executive to deliver the dividends of democracy.
Asked to assess the performance of the electoral umpire, Gaya said “I was happy at the day one when they shifted the elections and I said still after shifting the election we will call them and we will investigate the INEC for shifting the election because it caused a poor turnout. We will find out the reason – if if is finding, we gave them enough funding, if it was issue of security, the security agencies were ready. So why should INEC shift the elections? We are going to investigate that when we come back after the governorship election. But sadly, generally they did what they could do, I could say, it’s a pass mark.”
On the nature of the ninth Assembly the lawmaker said Nigerians should look out for “a humble senate, a vibrant senate and a senate that will work with Mr President.”
He continued “We from the National Assembly, I assure you, I am coming in as a senator for the forth term – 16 years I am one of the few ranking senators in the senate and I thank God for being in the senate. Therefore, we will give President Buhari all the cooperation that is needed so that we can have a smooth ride, a smooth process, a smooth passage of the budget, a smooth oversight and a relation between the executive and the legislature. We hope by God’s grace we will give him that support.”
On why Buhari won the election, he said “I am not surprised for him winning the election because he has done so much for this country. Take example, in therms of road, I am the Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, so I know that the budget for the 2014 before President Buhari came in was N22 billion. But when Buhari came into office the budget moved up to N220 billion and you can see now the budget is between N300 billion to N400 billion in 2019. Therefore, the roads that were neglected for nineteen years are now motorable. Also, agricultural, the importation of rice has dropped from 100 percent to only five percent.”